(Closed) Timeline for photographer for 6 hours (or less!)

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Post # 3
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

You could do

1 hour for pre-ceremony pictures (getting ready, details, bridal party and family pictures with just the bride or just the groom the together ones would be after)

1 hour for wedding

1 hour for portraits after the wedding (formals with bridal party and family)

3 hours for reception (make sure must have are done early for the pictures (first dance, bouquet, garter, cake cut)

Post # 5
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ok.  I got you. 

1/2 detail shots of you and the groom separate

1.5 hours for the first look and formal pictures with bridal party and immediate family.

1 hour still for the ceremony.

1/2 hour for the formals afterwards with the extended family

1/2 reception detail shots

2 hours reception just toasts, dances, tables shots if you would like


Also, you can always “pretend” for the getting ready shots such as have someone stand behind you and pretend to zip you up or someone pretend to add make up those pictures shouldn’t take long and you still get the story line.

Also for our cake cutting we didn’t stop the reception to do it.  Our guests were eating and we just went and cut it so we have the pictures but we didn’t make a big deal about it and stop the reception so that all eyes were on us.  The guests that enjoy that part of the reception came up and watched us and the guests that would rather do other stuff stayed eating.  It was a lot more private that way for me and Darling Husband.  That might help with the awkwardness.

Are you doing any other special reception things?  Anniversary dance? Dollar dance?




Post # 6
5221 posts
Bee Keeper

our photog actually gave US the timeline to work with… I just gave the availability of the venue and a rought outline of ceremony time, food serving, etc… and the photog filled in the rest!

Post # 8
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Why are you getting your hair and makeup done so early?  I would push that way back.

Post # 10
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Agree with Amanda rae, most photographers should have the timelines down pat for their packages and should be able to at least guide you to how your timeline will work.  They likely will also be looking at things like what time sunset will be, etc so that you can try and get the time allocated for portraits when theres the best light if possible (esp for lots of outdoor photos).

In the end it depends on what is most important to you.  A couple of different ideas:

  • FH & I want as many cool pics of the reception and celebrations with family & friends as possible so when we met with the photog we structured our package to ensure that we had the best reception coverage for our budget.  Don’t have a finalised timeline but we’re getting at least 3 hrs of reception.
  • I had a friend who’s only reception pro photos were their entrance and one photo of each table group, because she had an earlier ceremony and wanted to get more of getting ready, ceremony and portraits. Then they put blank discs and envelopes on the tables and asked guests to put their photos on the discs to mail back to the couple. 
  • My cousin didn’t have any pro shots at all of her at the hair/makeup because her appt was early in the morning and on site at the salon, we just bought our point n shoot but then the pro turned up for her putting on the dress.

I’d suggest having a think about what’s important to you and your fiance and writing down q’s for your photographer so that when you meet you can finalise the timeline.

Post # 11
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hmm, I noticed that none of these timelines include any travel time. Is your getting ready/first look/ceremony and reception all in the same location? Hopefully so for time’s sake. If not, I would definitely say you’re going to have to cut something or EVERYTHING will suffer from your photographer being too rushed to try to get everything in… there is only so much a photographer can do when you give them a total of 10 minutes for bride and groom photos after your ceremony runs late and family formals/wedding party shots take up the rest of the hour you alotted for photo time.

Since your hair/makeup is already way too early, I would consider just cutting that and doing a bridal portrait/ you with the girls, groom with the boys/ and some last minute touch-ups/candid shots for “getting ready”… maybe something like this, but it doesn’t include any travel time:

Getting Ready: 1 hour

First Look: 15 minutes

Bride & Groom Photos: 45 minutes

Ceremony: 15 minutes

Family Formals & Wedding Party Photos: 45 minutes, and a lot of that will be to do something creative with the Bridal Party

Reception:  3 hours and do all your major events on the early side to make sure you get them all in.

Hope that helps!

@Laitka:  Good advice on asking the photog, but we really don’t have anything “canned” for any number of hours. Timelines are based on each individual brides day/locations/photo priorities (ie. first look/no first look, travel etc.). I recommend all brides ask their photographers how much time they need to schedule for photos before creating a timeline, but the actual putting together of the timeline falls into the realm of “wedding planning services” which should be done by either the bride or a planner, as photographers aren’t paid to plan a bride’s wedding day. Some are happy to do it anyway, but realize if they do they are going above and beyond for you and this isn’t an “included” service with your wedding photography package.

Post # 12
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think since you are having such a short wedding and your reception isn’t including a lot of the must have pictures that a photographer would typically take I think you just have a ton more time to do some fun pictures with the wedding party and you can also do more B&G pictures maybe at different locations.  All of those fun ones would have to be done prior to the wedding I would assume since the wedding and reception are at the same location, I doubt you would want a gap between the two. 

So maybe something like this

1 hour for you and groom separate (could be getting ready shots that are staged or more like formal shots but separate)

1 hours for the first look and formal pictures with bridal party and immediate family

1/2 hour for shots with bridal party fun shots

1 hour for shots of B&G in other locations such as popular places in town

1/2 hour still for the ceremony

1/2 hour for the formals afterwards with the extended family

1.5 hours reception details shots, toasts, dances, tables shots if you would like

Post # 13
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We have our photographers for 6 hours as well. The wedding is a 6 pm and we get her from 3-9. She gave me a rough outline of how the day would go:

3 pm: Bride and bm’s have hair and makeup completely ready, bm’s are completely dressed. She will get shots of the dress hanging and other details such as shoes and jewelry. Then shots of my girls helping me get dress and what not on. I think she said after this she would do shots of me & bm’s, and some of me alone. Then, bridal party gets to go chill while she takes photos of the groom putting on his finishing touches (jacket, bout., etc.), then shots of the guys together.

Then the groom and I will be taken to go do our first look. Followed by pics with the entire wedding party. (I can’t remember but she may have said pics with family after this, not too sure when she said those will be). Once these are done we will get to chill for about 30 minutes until the ceremony starts. During this time they can get pics of all the decorations.

6 pm: Ceremony!

6:30-ish?: Hubby and I will make our entrance and go straight into the first dance and father/daughter dance. After this it will be time to eat, photographers will eat while we eat, who really wants pics while eating anyways? Cake, then bouquet/garter toss, then we will be free to enjoy the rest of the night without worrying about the schedule.

8:45: We will all go outside to do a staged send-off while we still have photographers there. We’ll do the send off then a few pics playing with the sparklers I’m sure.

9 pm: Photographers leave.

I know it’s been a few weeks since you posted this, but hopefully this will help some!

Post # 14
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013


I hired my photog for 5 hours which is very standard for a starting package of wedding photography in the area. This generally covers Groom preparation, Bridal preparaton, Bride portrait, Ceremony, Group & Family photo, Location shoot(1 hour), Detail of Reception site, First Dance, Mock Cake Cutting including travel time. 5 hour package generally does not cover reception. I didn’t really care to cover reception so I’m really happy with what my photog offers.

Although our venue is 20-30 mins drive from the prepration site, we will be able to cover all the photos above. However, I will be making sure everything goes according to schedule so we won’t run out of time.

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